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Electronic Self-Representation (eSR) Bankruptcy Petition Preparation System for Chapter 7

Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak, See Important Information Regarding Filing Fees for Self-Represented Litigants:

The Court is not accepting cash at this time. Please do not mail cash. The Court will accept payment by U.S. Postal Service money orders and cashier’s checks issued by an acceptable financial institution. See General Orders for further details.

All petitions from self-represented parties through the mail or eSR are automatically granted a fee installment so that the full required filing fee is due no later than 10 days after the filing of the petition.

Official Time of Filing

The official time of filing is when a document is entered and docketed in CM/ECF,  regardless of the filing method (in person, electronically through CM/ECF, through eSR or EDB, or placed in physical drop box).

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Bankruptcy has serious long-term financial and legal consequences and hiring a competent attorney is strongly recommended.    The Bankruptcy Court is not permitted to provide legal advice.  Individuals filing for bankruptcy without an attorney are still responsible for knowing and following all of the legal requirements. Low or no cost legal resources are available in all divisions of the bankruptcy court.  For additional information on hiring an attorney, click here.

What is eSR?

  • eSR is an online tool to help individuals complete a chapter 7  bankruptcy petition when they have decided to file bankruptcy without an attorney.
  • For a demonstration, click here.

Who can use eSR?

  • Individuals who wish to file a bankruptcy petition and who live in the Central District of California can use eSR. To determine if you can use eSR, enter your residential ZIP code in the ZIP Code Search.
  • Important Note: eSR is not available to attorneys or bankruptcy petition preparers. eSR is not designed for business or corporate bankruptcy filings.   eSR is only available for chapter 7 filings
  • eSR is not available for chapter 13 filings at this time.

Why use eSR?

  • There is no cost to use eSR.  Pay only the filing fee.
  • eSR has a guided, step-by-step process that allows you up to 45 days to complete.
  • Your personal information is only accessible to you using a unique login and password assigned to you.
  • eSR is accessible 24 hours a day from any Internet-enabled computer.
  • There is no software to download or purchase.

How do I use eSR?

  • Obtain credit counseling from a court-approved credit counseling agency.  The law requires credit counseling before filing bankruptcy.
  • Collect all of your financial documents before you begin.
  • Create a user profile, unique login, and password.
  • Answer questions about your property, income and debts.
  • Complete and sign the eSR Declaration form.
  • Submit or mail the Declaration form, Statement of Social Security Number, creditor mailing list, and filing fee to the bankruptcy court.
  • Note: An automatic stay (injunction) is NOT in effect until a bankruptcy case number is issued by the bankruptcy court.
  • Note: A bankruptcy petition WILL BE DISMISSED if the Declaration Form, the Statement of Social Security Number, the mailing list of creditors, and the filing fee are NOT received by the court.
  • You may get started using eSR: for Chapter 7, click here.

eSR Computer Requirements

  • Internet connection.
  • Adobe Reader (version 8 or higher).
  • Pop-up blocker must be disabled.
  • Printer.
  • Browser requirements - It is recommended that you use the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari. 

Electronic Drop Box

After you receive your bankruptcy case number, click here to request access to the Electronic Drop Box.

eSR Help

  • For technical and procedural assistance on eSR, please contact the Call Center at 855-460-9641.  Alternatively, you may contact us via online chat.